First-year student Colin Boyarski died of acute alcohol intoxication

The Franklin County coroner's office determined that first-year student Colin Boyarski, whose body was found in a field near campus on April 3, died of acute alcohol intoxication. Hypothermia was named as a secondary cause of death.

The announcement was made on May 25 in a news release from the office of Knox County Sheriff David B. Barber.

Colin's body was found shortly before 9:00 a.m. by a Kenyon maintenance worker. Knox County Coroner Jeffery Bowers pronounced Colin dead at the scene and ordered that his body be taken to the Franklin County coroner's office in Columbus for an autopsy. Colin was last seen alive at an off-campus apartment about 2:00 a.m.

A graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Colin had been a member of the National Honor Society and had been involved in the Model U.N., the environmental club, the ski club, and a student group devoted to issues of hunger. Colin was interested in philosophy as well as in literature and creative writing, say Kenyon professors who knew him. He had recently turned 19.